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Petros Klampanis

"What comes as a beautiful surprise is the diversified approach
he utilises in his compositions and performance."

All About Jazz


“A formidable player and composer.”


“Petros Klampanis is a musician who has always spoken from the heart.”

DownBeat Magazine

"I admit that I am always impressed when I hear a musician like Klampanis give us the gift of his creativity performed on such a timeless vessel."

Bass Musician Magazine

Declared a “bass ace” by Bass Player Magazine, acclaimed bassist, composer and producer Petros Klampanis grew up in Greece, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music.

Now living between New York and Athens, Greece, he is curious in his approach, always seeking unique ways to integrate elements from multiple genres, ranging from classical music to pop. His varied musical life journey marries aggressive melodicism, beautiful intonation, and uniquely personal sound on all the projects he leads or produces.

Klampanis has collaborated with world-acclaimed artists such as Greg Osby, Jacques Morelenbaum, Oded Tzur, Arooj Aftab, Anoushka Shankar, Shai Maestro, Gilad Hekselman, Jean-Michel Pilc, Snarky Puppy, Kinan Azmeh, Dimitra Galani and Maria Farantouri, among many others. His extensive list of performance credits includes Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, The Kennedy Center, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA NYC), Barbican (London), Roskilde (Denmark), NOSPR (Poland), Glastonbury (UK), Rock in Rio (Lisbon), JazzAhead (Bremen), Jazzkaar (Tallinn), Athens Jazz Festival, XJazz Festival (Berlin), as well as Megaron Mousikis Athinon, Megaron Mousikis Thessalonikis, Onassis Foundation (NYC) and the Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (Athens).


• Ιndependent Music Award 2018 for Best Live Sounding Album for "Chroma"

• Ιndependent Music Award 2020 for Best Jazz Producer for "Irrationalities" 

• Ιndependent Music Award 2020 "Vox Pop" for Best Jazz Song for "Easy Come, Easy Go" 

• Ιndependent Music Award 2020 for Best Jazz Song for "Easy Come, Easy Go" 

• Best Traditional Ethnic Music prize in the quarterly German Record Critics' Award  (May 2023) | Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik


• Petros plays Pirastro strings (Evah Pirazzi, Obligato, Eudoxa)

• 5/8 Juzek bass circa 1935.

• 3/4 Romanian folding bass circa 2010, by Antonio Seccion.

• Charlie Chadwicks's folding bass.


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"A formidable player and composer, bassist Petros Klampanis makes his auspicious Stateside debut with Contextual" Jazztimes "Magical performance", Difono Music Magazine, April 2010. "A true discovery", Die Rheinpfalz, May 2010. "Contextual is an amazing project" Greg Osby Excellent writing and playing. I love Petros' aggressive melodicism, beautiful intonation, and uniquely personal string writing Drew Gress, "Contextual is one of the most exciting projects I have heard from a bassplayer in years. The writing and playing is excellent, with an excellent sound and a wide spectrum of musical ideas" Arild Andersen "I admit that I am always impressed when I hear a musician like Klampanis give us the gift of his creativity performed on such a timeless vessel" Bass Musician Magazine "Klampanis plays solo bass with a loop pedal to create a “double bass orchestra” on “Basscope” and “Blue Cave,” which are done so masterfully that you’d think it was a full symphony" No Treble Magazine.

Primary Instrument

Bass, acoustic


New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only


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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Tora Collective

Enja Records



ECM Records


Traced in Sand...

Self Produced


Rooftop Stories



Hard Bop



Traced in Sand (feat. Petros Klampanis & Patrick Duke Graney)

From: Traced in Sand (Single)
By Petros Klampanis

Regarding the Moon

From: Regarding the Moon
By Petros Klampanis


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